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FASCIST EDL OUTNUMBERED AND HUMILIATED IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th October 2018

ONLY AROUND THIRTY PEOPLE TURN UP TO EDL MANCHESTER RALLY

In the midst of a huge police presence, only around thirty EDL members turned up for a rally in Piccadilly Gardens this afternoon. The fascists were easily outnumbered by hundreds of protesters shouting 'Nazi scum off our streets'...

Full details here...

added 20 October 2018  

 
 

PARENTS PAMPER AND PLAY COMES TO SALFORD

Star date: 20th October 2018

DE-STRESSING WITH BABIES

Women In Bloom Superhero Day
Saturday 27th October 9:30am-3:30pm
Angel Centre £10 adult/£18 family

A pamper and play day is coming to the Angel Centre next Saturday, as Visit From The Stork CIC holds a Women In Bloom Superhero Day to encourage parents to find ways of taking time out for themselves and improving their mental health and wellbeing. It will feature massages, 'relax time' classes and loads of stalls.

Full details here...

added 20 October 2018  

 
 

THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE

Star date: 19th October 2018

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RECORDS TREMORS THAT MIGHT TRIGGER EARTHQUAKES

Three earth tremors have been recorded by the British Geological Survey near where Cuadrilla has begun fracking in Fylde..."The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered" says David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow.

Full details here...

added 19 October 2018  

 
 

OPPOSITION TO FASCIST EDL IN MANCHESTER CALLED FOR BY POLITICIANS AND TRADE UNIONS

Star date: 19th October 2018

CALL TO OPPOSE EDL MEETING IN MANCHESTER

EDL Protest
Saturday 20th October 12:30pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Having abandoned plans to march in Didsbury this weekend, the fascist EDL is instead holding a rally in Manchester tomorrow, and Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have called for a counter demonstration, backed by politicians and trade unions... "The EDL are never welcome in our city" says Kate Green MP "We stand together against division and hate."

Full details here...

added 19 October 2018  

 
 

PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW

Star date: 18th October 2018

THIS IS OUR HISTORY...

Peterloo, the movie, starring Maxine Peake, was premiered in Manchester last night at Home. The Salford Star was not invited but we did manage a non-exclusive twenty second interview with Salford director Mike Leigh on the red carpet, and a viewing at the peasants' overflow on Deansgate. Is it any good? Read our review and that crucial interview with Mike Leigh.

Full review here...

added 18 October 2018  

 
 

SWINTON PROTESTS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL AND BELLWAY HOMES TO NEGOTIATING TABLE

Star date: 17th October 2018

NEVER MIND THE BREXITS HERE'S SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

As Theresa May was locked in Brexit talks in Brussels, this morning Salford City Council, Bellway Homes and Swinton residents' Saving Our Neighbourhood group were meeting to try and resolve horrendous problems around the Campbell Road natural green space, where the developer is attempting to build 241 houses.

The Council and Bellway have been brought to the table after constant protests by residents..."I think that's the only way we're going to get anywhere" said Barry Woodling of Saving Our Neighbourhood as residents demonstrated yet again outside the Civic Centre.

Full details here...

added 17 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD MP RAILS AGAINST GOVERNMENT AS FRACKING BEGINS IN FYLDE

Star date: 16th October 2018

REBECCA LONG-BAILEY SLATES 'GREEN GREAT BRITAIN' TORIES AS WESTWOOD DANCES ON CUADRILLA'S INJUNCTION LINE

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, slated the Tory Government in Parliament yesterday, pointing out "What a terrible irony it is that the first day of Green Great Britain Week is the day that fracking is due to commence..."

Today, Vivienne Westwood performed a break dance to Abba's Dancing Queen on Cuadrilla's 'draconian injunction line' outside the Preston New Road site in a dig at Theresa May's hopeless jig at the Tory conference and to stand up for the right to protest.

Full details here...

added 16 October 2018  

 
 

ARTISTS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN CONTROVERSIAL URBAN SPLASH SALFORD DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 15th October 2018

ARTISTS TO CHALLENGE HOUSING POLICIES WHILE LIVING IN LUXURY HOUSE

'You can't even stop your car to take in the breathtaking sterilization of the place...'

Last week, artists moved into a stunning Urban Splash house in the new Springfield Lane development as part of a year-long project called Tenancy in which they will explore 'what it's like to live in a city negotiating rapid change' and 'who is benefitting'.

The Springfield Lane development, being branded as in 'Manchester', has no affordable housing and avoided hundreds of thousands of pounds in planning fees. Can the artist project, actually sponsored by Tom Bloxham and Urban Splash, make a difference?

Full details here...

added 15 October 2018  

 
 

HUGE INTERNATIONAL FILIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE COMES TO ECCLES

Star date: 14th October 2018

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT TO TALK AT LARGEST UK WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONFERENCE

FiLia 2018 Conference
Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October
The Lighthouse, Eccles

The massive FiLiA international conference is to take place in Eccles next weekend, with women flying in from all over the world, including from Argentina and Palestine.

There's over two dozen sessions covering all feminist-related subjects, and from Salford, Angela Barratt of Salford and Manchester Street Support will be speaking on women and poverty, while Salford University lecturer, Suryia Nayak, will be giving an Introduction To Consciousness Raising.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

COUNTESS WHO MURDERED 650 WOMEN ARRIVES AT EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 14th October 2018

HUNGARIAN GOTHIC DRAMA BASED ON TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND VANITY

Countess
Monday 29th October 7pm and Tuesday 30th October 4pm and 7pm
Eagle Inn £10/£8

A truly gothic production of Countess arrives at the Eagle Inn on 29th and 30th October, based on the true story of Hungarian aristocrat, Elizabeth Bathory, who murdered 650 women for the sake of her vanity. This aims to get inside of her mind with a supernatural twist.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD WINTER WONDERLAND COMMUNITY COSTUME MAKING DAY

Star date: 14th October 2018

WOODY, BUZZ AND CHASE AT BROUGHTON CRICKET CLUB

Creating Carnival
Saturday 20th October 12noon-4pm free
Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club

Next Saturday, 20th October, Toy Story characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody, plus Paw Patrol's Chase and Santa and Mrs Claus will be at Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club as part of a free Salford Winter Wonderland community day, making costumes and props for a massive event and carnival parade happening at the end of November. It's free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

GILL’S SALFORD WALK FOR DEMENTIA SET TO RAISE HUNDREDS OF POUNDS

Star date: 13th October 2018

WALK FOR DEMENTIA AND SALFORD SURVIVOR PROJECT

This evening, almost two dozen people set off on a very special sponsored walk around Agecroft Cemetery to raise money for the Pendleton Court Dementia Ward and the Salford Survivor Project which helps those subjected to domestic violence and abuse.

The walk was in memory of Niki Campbell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last year, and her mum, Jayne, joined the event which is set to raise hundreds of pounds for the excellent causes.

Full details here...

added 13 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD STAR EDITOR NAMED IN NCTJ LIST OF MOST RESPECTED JOURNALISTS IN UK

Star date: 13th October 2018

KATE ADIE...JOHN PILGER...ER...STEPHEN KINGSTON?

Salford Star editor, Stephen Kingston, has been named in a list of the most respected journalists in the country, as nominated by fellow working writers in the NCTJ's Journalists at Work 2018 survey. The 238-strong list also includes legends like John Pilger, Kate Adie and Jeremy Paxman...

"It's a huge honour but unfortunately you can't eat a list" says Star editor Stephen Kingston "The Salford Star is out of money at the end of November and is in danger of shutting down. So if anyone's got a job going as a Christmas elf or wants some leaves sweeping, let us know."

Full details here...

added 13 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD TRADES COUNCIL CONDEMNS CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU FOR £39MILLION UNIVERSAL CREDIT COLLABORATION

Star date: 12th October 2018

FAMILIES TO LOSE UP TO £2,400 VIA UNIVERSAL CREDIT

As the Government's hyper-controversial Universal Credit welfare scheme begins to be rolled out fully in Salford, last night Salford Trades Council passed a motion condemning the Citizens Advice Bureau for collaborating with the Department of Work and Pensions via a £39million contract.

The motion stated that "Universal Credit...is creating poverty and misery for so many working class families". Families could lose up to £2,400 a year from the changes, with new research showing that disabled children could lose up to £1,750 per year.

Full details here...

added 12 October 2018  

 
 

BOLTON HOSPITAL STAFF STRIKE IN UNFAIR PAY DISPUTE

Star date: 11th October 218

SALFORD UNISON SUPPORTS BOLTON STRIKERS

"It's disgraceful that, despite providing NHS services to NHS patients, they are not receiving NHS pay awards" Steven North Salford UNISON

Members of Salford UNISON joined the large and lively picket lines outside Royal Bolton Hospital this morning, where cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff are on strike for 48 hours over fair pay.

The Bolton workers are being offered less money than others doing the same jobs at Salford Royal Hospital and elsewhere... "We're on poverty pay at the moment and we work damn hard" says domestic, Shirley Jones-Hurst.

Full details here...

added 11 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR AND DEPUTY RAIL AGAINST GOVERNMENT ON CLADDING DELAYS

Star date: 11th October 2018

RESIDENTS KEPT IN DARK OVER CLADDING DELAYS TO PROTECT SHARE PRICES ON IRISH STOCK EXCHANGE

At yesterday's full meeting of Salford City Council, in answer to a question on the delay in replacing dangerous cladding on Salford Council's nine Pendleton blocks, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor railed against the Government for a lack of clarity on building regulations and finance.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor John Merry stated that he couldn't divulge the reasons why the Council hadn't spent its £25million loan on the works earlier because one of Pendleton Together's investors was quoted on the Irish Stock Exchange and "I didn't want to affect people's share prices".

Full details here...

added 11 October 2018  

 
 

PENDLETON TOGETHER SECURES CLADDING FUNDS FOR SALFORD BLOCKS

Star date: 9th October 2018

NINE PENDLETON BLOCKS WILL FINALLY HAVE DANGEROUS CLADDING REMOVED

Getting the dangerous cladding off the nine Pendleton Together blocks finally inched a step closer yesterday when the company announced that it had secured funding to carry out the work.

Previously, Salford City Council had borrowed £25million to pay for the job, which the Government wouldn't sanction, and neither would it allow Pendleton Together access to its £400million cladding fund as the scheme is a Private Finance Initiative or PFI. Meanwhile the Trident report detailing defects in the blocks has still not been released.

Full details here...

added 09 October 2018  

 
 

CASH STRAPPED SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS £17.5MILLION INTEREST ON ITS LOANS

Star date: 8th October 2018

INTEREST PAYMENTS ON £624MILLION BORROWING COMES FROM SERVICES BUDGET

This week, a full meeting of Salford Council will consider its Treasury Management Annual Report, which includes details of its huge £624million total borrowing. What the report doesn't state is the interest payable on these loans but this is contained elsewhere in the Council's Revenue Estimates for the year and gives a figure of £17.5million – which comes out of the revenue account for cash-strapped public services...

Full details here...

added 08 October 2018  

 
 

WALTER GREENWOOD ANNIVERSARIES SEES SALFORD EVENTS AND BOOK LAUNCH

Star date: 7th October 2018

LOVE ON THE DOLE COMES HOME TO SALFORD

This week sees the 80th anniversary of the publication of the classic Salford novel, Love On The Dole, and 115 years since its author Walter Greenwood was born.

To mark the occasion, the Working Class Movement Library is holding a free event on Wednesday afternoon 10th October called Not Just Love On The Dole: Walter Greenwood and Working Class Writing, followed by the launch of Chris Hopkins' new book Love On The Dole; Novel, Play, Film at Salford University's Clifford Whitworth Library.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CANDLE LIT WALK FOR DEMENTIA

Star date: 7th October 2018

ANNUAL GILL'S WALK FOR DEMENTIA AT AGECROFT CEMETERY

This year's now annual Gill's Walk For Dementia is to take place at Agecroft Cemetery next Saturday, 13th October, between 7pm and 10pm, with all proceeds going to the Pendleton Court Care Home and the Salford Survivor Project which helps victims of domestic violence.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

EMMAUS SALFORD LAUNCHES NEW BOOK OF POEMS ON HOMELESSNESS

Star date: 7th October 2018

POEMS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

Emmaus Salford is now stocking a new book of poems, No Homeless Problem, written by Irish writer Séamus Fox, who has battled alcoholism and experienced homelessness himself. The poems are based on the stories of 44 formerly homeless people who are now being supported by Emmaus.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

PEACE VERSUS DIRECT ACTION IN VOTES FOR WOMEN DRAMA AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 6th October 2018

A MEETING OF MINDS AND TACTICS AS REVOLT IS IN THE AIR

The Cause by Natalie McGrath
Tuesday 16th October 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £12/£10

While the hundred year centenary of some women getting the vote is still upon us, a new drama, The Cause, being staged at Salford Arts Theatre on 16th October has a really good angle on it all as it imagines a meeting between Emmeline Pankhurst, who advocated direct action, and Millicent Fawcett, who pushed for peaceful demos. Ian Leslie discovers how, one hundred years later, the issue still chimes.

Full details here...

added 06 October 2018  

 
 

PRESTON DEMO IN SUPPORT OF THE THREE JAILED ANTI-FRACKERS

Star date: 5th October 2018

PRISON DEMO IN SUPPORT OF THREE JAILED CAMPAIGNERS

#FreeTheThree
Saturday 6th October 12:30pm
Preston Train Station

Tomorrow, Saturday 6th October, there's going to be a 15 minute march from Preston Train Station to the jail housing the three anti-fracking campaigners who were sentenced to up to 16 months for protesting at the Cuadrilla fracking site. Supporters from Greater Manchester are meeting at the Preston train platform at Piccadilly Station at 11am.

Full details here...

added 05 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLORS ANGER ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOILS OVER AT COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING

Star date: 4th October 2018

COUNCILLORS 'APPALLED' AND 'DEVASTATED' AT LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT CASTLE IRWELL

"The indigenous community is being forced out..." Councillor Warmisham

At a stormy Salford City Council planning panel meeting this morning, councillors from both the Conservative Party and Labour Party expressed their horror over the lack of affordable housing at the Castle Irwell development in Charlestown.

Conservative councillor, Bob Clarke, accused the panel of 'Groundhog Day' re the lack of affordable housing at the site, blaming Salford Council planning policies, while Labour councillor John Warmisham said that the indigenous community was being forced out.

Full details here...

added 04 October 2018  

 
 

SWINTON RESIDENTS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ‘INSANE’ DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 4th October 2018

RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL

"It's a travesty what's happening..." resident

Swinton residents demonstrated outside Salford Civic Centre this morning, letting the Council Planning Panel know what has happened since councillors gave Bellway Homes permission to build 241 houses on Campbell Road Fields.

"Everything we've said about single access not working has been vindicated now" said Carol Boyce of Saving Our Neighbourhood "It's a nightmare, we can't live with it; it's an insanity..."

Full details here...

added 04 October 2018  

 
 

RESIDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PLANNING

Star date: 3rd October 2018

SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP TO PROTEST COUNCIL PLANNING NEGLECT

Tomorrow morning, Thursday 4th October, before 9am, residents from the Saving Our Neighbourhood group are to protest outside Salford Civic Centre to "Let the Salford City Council Planning Panel know what we think of the way they do business, supposedly on our behalf."

The campaigners, largely living around the Bellway Homes development near Campbell Road Fields in Swinton, are angry that once planning permission has been granted for a scheme, residents are on their own, no matter what happens...And there's plenty happening.

Full details here...

added 03 October 2018  

 
 

DEVELOPER PAYS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL JUST £124 PER FLAT IN PLANNING FEES

Star date: 3rd October 2018

13 STOREY STUDENT BLOCK AT QUAYS BRINGS JUST £124 PER FLAT RETURN TO COUNCIL

This week, Salford councillors will consider a planning application to build blocks of 402 room student accommodation rising to 13 storeys almost on the doorstep of Oasis Academy at Salford Quays.

The developer will pay just £50,000 in planning fees, which works out at £124 per flat, when other developers building student blocks with a lot less flats have been asked to pay more than three times this figure. What the hell is going on?

Full details here...

added 03 October 2018  

 
 

SAVE THE SALFORD STAR CD RELEASED

Star date: 1st October 2018

TOP SALFORD AND GREATER MANCHESTER BANDS GIVE TRACKS FOR BENEFIT CD

It is no secret that the Salford Star – 13 years in the making and over 5,000 articles produced – is out of money at the end of November and is in danger of closing.

Now, the Sounds of Salford radio has produced a benefit CD, titled All Materials of Value Have Been Removed, and 13 top bands and singers from Salford and around Greater Manchester have kindly donated tracks. It costs £5 with all proceeds going to help the Star survive.

Full details here...

added 02 October 2018  

 
 

NEW SHIRLEY BAKER BOOK OF SALFORD AND MANCHESTER PHOTOS

Star date: 1st October 2018

NEVER ENDING DEMAND FOR SHIRLEY BAKER

"Mum did all sorts of things in her lifetime that people aren't aware of..."

Three editions of the last book of Shirley Baker photographs sold out almost instantly, and now, to meet massive demand, there's a new book called Without Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s, with an intro by Shirley's daughter, Nan Levy.

Here, Nan recounts life with her famous mum who rarely said that she was actually from Salford.

Full interview here...

added 01 October 2018  

 
 

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